Adam Lallana | Player Performance Analysis vs Crystal Palace

Adam Lallana | Player Performance Analysis vs Crystal Palace

Southampton's form in the Premier League during the current campaign has been inspiring to say the least. With 4 players being drafted into the England squad from nowhere, the main man who has earned himself 3 caps is Adam Lallana and with performances such as the one against Palace at the weekend, he will surely find himself on the plane to Brazil this summer. Hard work and graft are key components to the Captain of Southampton's game. This is illustrated through …
Fullback Stats Comparison | Ben Davies Vs Shaw Vs Rose Vs Gibbs

Fullback Stats Comparison | Ben Davies Vs Shaw Vs Rose Vs Gibbs

This Premier League has been the year of the full-back, with many managers using full-backs to create width on the pitch, namely Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, Kyle Walker, Patrice Evra, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta. In this article I will look at a permanent fixture in Swansea City's defence so far this season and while it hasn't been a totally successful campaign for them in the Premier League this season, one defender, Ben Davies, has looked impressive. I will examine …
Mourinho cast doubt on Cole's future

Mourinho cast doubt on Cole's future

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has spoken about Ashley Cole's future at the club and it wasn't positive news for the England international. Cole 33, is out of contract in the summer and he has also found himself out of the team as Cesar Azpilicueta has taken his position in the side. When asked about Cole's future, Mourinho said  "I don't know. I'm happy with the way Azpilicueta is performing." With Cole no longer guaranteed first team football at Stamford Bridge then …
Luke Shaw Signs New 5 Year Contract

Luke Shaw Signs New 5 Year Contract

Southampton fans across the country will be extremely happy with the recent news that Academy star left back Luke Shaw has signed a new 5 year deal with the club on his 18th Birthday, which he announced on his official Twitter account last night. The left back has attracted attention from the larger clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester United in England due to his performances throughout this season making him a regular in the Southampton side. Although this new deal will …
The Future England Left-Back | Stats Comparison: Gibbs, Bertrand, Shaw & Rose

The Future England Left-Back | Stats Comparison: Gibbs, Bertrand, Shaw & Rose

Ashley Cole has dominated the England left-back spot for many years, first breaking into the team against Albania in 2001, back when Sven was in charge. Wayne Bridge provided a little competition from 2002 until his last appearance in 2009. Since then we've seen Leighton Baines come into his own at Everton, being linked with Manchester United along the way, and begin to provide more competition, yet Ashley Cole is still considered the first choice left back. Kieran Gibbs has …
Luke Shaw | An Analytical Review of England's Newest Prospect

Luke Shaw | An Analytical Review of England's Newest Prospect

The 2012/13 English Premier League season has showcased an array of talent since the beginning of the season, and one player who has attracted an acute interest from all observers is Southampton Football Club's young full back Luke Shaw. Shaw has experienced a prodigious rise in stature during the last 8 months. Accelerated through the Saints' youth academy, he has apparently integrated into the Southampton team with confidence. Since his début, a 9-minute cameo at West Brom, he has appeared in …
Southampton FC: Youth Development & Transfers | EPL Preview

Southampton FC: Youth Development & Transfers | EPL Preview

[caption id="attachment_16133" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Adam Lallana - future England International?"][/caption] The 2012/2013 English Premier League sees the return of Southampton FC to the Premier League. Despite (unbelievably!) never winning Manager of the Month in the Championship last season, Nigel Adkins' Southampton side now face life in the Premier League after finishing 2nd behind Reading (but achieving their second successive promotions in the process). Adkins has well and truly flipped the fortunes of Southampton Football Club with efficiency and style, whilst …
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